Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of SHE LIES HIDDEN by C.M. Stephenson.
I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy & Emma Welton, Bloodhound Books and of course C.M. Stephenson for gifting us an early copy of SHE LIES HIDDEN. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
How far would you go to find your missing sister?
When DI Thomasine Albright is informed that the remains of her fifteen-year-old sister have been found, she has the tragic responsibility of breaking the news to her mother. Thomasine promises her mother that she will be the one to find Karen’s killer.
But Karen Albright wasn’t the only girl to go missing during that weekend in 1973… Veronica Lightfoot disappeared too. They’d lived barely four miles apart, yet apparently never met. Suddenly there is a new question, was Veronica involved in Karen’s death? Is that why she vanished?
DI Mel Philips is handed the original case file and begins a new investigation. Unwilling to be side-lined, Thomasine decides to go it alone.
As the case unfolds, Thomasine realises that there may be other victims. Can she find them too?
So, want to know what I thought?;
For me, the format of this book was more factual than story telling with the use of short, clinical sentences designed to make a reader feel uncomfortable, which can take some getting used to. However I felt that this approach was warranted for a story which was shrouded in suspicion and conspiracy.
I love me a crime story which flicks between events in the past and how they have shaped certain characters in the present day. It really helps to understand how characters behave the way they do – especially Thomasine. Her life has been taken over with wanting to discover what happened to her sister all those years ago. Even when answers start to surface, Thomasine cannot let it go. Her determination for the truth is a driving factor in this book.
Told from multiple perspectives, it took me a little while to fully get into the story. It’s definitely a book you need to concentrate on as it’s easily done to lose your place!
All in, SHE LIES HIDDEN is a cracking debut! Looking forward to reading more from the author 🙂
About C.M. Stephenson;
After growing up in a small Lancashire village, Christine Stephenson left school at fifteen. Four years later she moved to Cornwall.
In her late teens she met people whose lives were complicated, fuelled by drugs, and filled with violence and aggression. There were others too, in her mid-twenties, everyday people, educated, with careers, who had decent parents; people who you wouldn’t look at twice in the street. They were worse; she knew the victims of their crimes too. These experiences continue to influence her writing.
Her career can be described as eclectic. Jobs ranging from office junior to dental nurse, management consultant to executive and corporate coach. She ran her own training consultancy for over twelve years. It was there that her love of writing bloomed. She went on to produce an extensive portfolio of work which included resource packs, case studies, role-plays, games, presentations and academic texts.
In 2008 her husband’s job dictated that they move to South Gloucestershire. This in turn, lead to a brand-new life. They now live just outside a small medieval town, set between Bristol and Bath.
In 2009, she decided it was time to study the craft and undertook the A215 in Creative Writing with Open University, and later followed that with an MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2016. She gained representation with Andrew Nurnberg & Associates soon after. She spent the following eighteen months writing and editing what is now her debut novel. In May 2018 Christine was delighted to accept a contract with Bloodhound Books. ‘She Lies Hidden’ is due for release in September 2018.
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